GEOG30820 Development Geographies

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module offers a critical exploration of the geographies of development in the Global South with a specific emphasis on the people, places and scales that have tended to be marginalised from mainstream development. Students will be introduced to key theories, themes and concepts in development geography, which will be examined in particular contexts by way of case studies. Following an introduction to the history and theory of development and how this has shaped development policy and practice, the course will cover a range of topics in development geography including sustainable livelihoods, market integration, the informal economy, food security/food sovereignty, gender and development, indigenous people, migration, climate change, and civil society and NGOs.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module students should have:
1. An introductory knowledge of the general concepts, theories, themes and issues underlying development geography.
2. The ability to reflect critically on the geographically uneven and contested nature of development and on the intended and unintended effects of planned intervention and development projects.
3. Developed critical reading, analytical, research, teamwork, presentation and writing skills.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
-active/task-based learning;
-peer and group work;
-critical writing;
-reflective learning;
-case-based learning;
-student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Research essay outline. A written outline of your proposed research essay topic of between 500-800 words maximum in length (not including references). Week 6 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Final research essay of between 2500-3000 words in length (not including references). Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

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Potter, R.B. et al. (2018) Geographies of Development: An Introduction to Development Studies (4th Edition). Pearson Education Ltd: Edinburgh Gate.
Name Role
Dr Christine Bonnin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer